Nationwide Homeschool Tax Credits

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Like so many other things that will never be quite the same after 2020, homeschooling is now a norm. Home educator experts anticipate a 10x increase in homeschooling this school year. Homeschool applications are surging in states like North Carolina which saw a 75% increase in applications. A nationwide survey of 1,000 individuals conducted by Varsity Tutor indicates that ~48% of Parents are considering homeschooling in 2020. In a normal year, homeschoolers grades K-12 make up just 3-4% of school age children.

There are a plethora of reasons families are opting to homeschool. Concerns include quality of virtual learning, health risks to family members, and inconsistency of schooling due to shutdowns and quarantines.

But no matter the reasons for homeschooling, there is a fundamental truth: Homeschooling is not free. Obviously, running a homeschool costs money. You need to pay for curriculums, books, tutors, subscriptions, stem kits, field trips, printing, general office supplies and more. But the greater hidden cost is that one parent is not able to generate income while homeschooling their child(ren). Homeschooling is a full-time unpaid job.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many households have been forced to survive on one income in order to educate their child at home. Add to that the financial strain of also having to purchase homeschool curriculum and supplies, and families are at their breaking point. Annual homeschooling costs vary, but many families are spending thousands of dollars on curriculum alone.

The government spends $11,762 a year per student on public education (2016), yet there is no nationwide tax credit for homeschool families. Currently, only eight states have individual K-12 education tax credits and/or deduction programs: Alabama, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

Help get Congress’ attention as we ask for $2,000 in Refundable Tax Credits per homeschooled K-12 student. A refundable tax credit ensures you get a refund even the credit is more than what you owe. The tax credits would at least help cover the cost of homeschool supplies. It’s time for Congress to show us how much they truly value education, by making funding for education a priority both in and out of the classroom.

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Sources

Back to School Survey Shows 47% of Parents Considering Dropping School, Going to Homeschooling - Business Wire

Interest in homeschooling has 'exploded' amid pandemic - MPR News

How Much Does Homeschooling Cost? | Time4Learning

Education Spending Per Student by State - Governing

How Do K–12 Education Tax Credits and Deductions Work? - EdChoice